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Disobedience. It comes with a cost. We see through human eyes. The cost to ourselves. Maybe to our families. Sometimes to our friends. We rarely, if ever, calculate the cost of our disobedience in terms of nations, of generations, of centuries, of the universe. But if we saw the whole picture as God does, we could see how a simple act of disobedience could have a…

I am not sure I have ever felt as vulnerable as I do right now, sitting quietly at my computer with my menagerie of dogs sprawled around me waiting for dinner. I have just sent to two friends the manuscript of a Christian novel I wrote from my heart in a 3.5-week period at the start of this year. The writing is not my best, at…

When I think of my accountant, I cannot help but think of the wonderful way God can use His gifts to us for His Kingdom purpose. When we put our gifts and talents in His hands, when we surrender our hearts to Him, and when we choose to live daily for His glory, we realize God can transform our ordinary lives into extraordinary living -…

Magic at church? God does not have anything to do with magic, right? Church has nothing to do with magic either, right? If you had followed me around in years past, you might have thought otherwise. Maybe you have fallen prey to the same mistake I did. I must have worn the soles of my shoes down and burned a zillion calories running back and…

“The Bible is not a smorgasbord, Lara,” a loved one told me during my very early days of studying the Bible. “You don’t pick and choose what you want from it.” Fortunately, my loved one had a tough skin. He was able to handle how I argued at least every other scripture. He was also able to manage how I fought against his declaration that the…

What is your living sacrifice to the Lord? The Lord commands us in the Bible to give our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice, yet I wonder if we truly know what that means and are willing to do so. The Lord reminded me today that I promised to sacrifice one of the most beautiful gifts He has given me – someone who is very…

Resist the devil. There is a right way, and there is a wrong way. I have learned this the hard way. There is only one way. He is the way. His name is Jesus. Maybe you have made the same mistake I have. First, I did not believe there is a devil. Then, when I realized just how much of a devil there truly is,…

You don’t always know when you’re under the watch of a surveillance camera in this day and age, do you? For that matter, you don’t always know whose eyes stare from behind the lens, do you? I received a warning just days ago that I figure I should pass on to those that might care. You are being watched. Like never before. How do I…

Remember Red? Red is the German Shepherd found near death, delivered to a South Carolina shelter and destined to be euthanized per the order of the shelter director. The Lord told me to pray over him, led me to take him from the shelter, and within hours the Lord used Red to help save the life of a homeless man. Ever since, the Lord has…

Dancer, found on a three foot chain without food or water & heartworm positive, has made a miraculous comeback by God’s grace – so much so he is featured DANCING on this video. Watch the whole video to see his whole lineup – particularly the yawn that comes at the end WHILE DANCING!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

“Are you willing to do what the Lord wants you to do with your life?” I asked a loved one once who was incredibly hungry to fullfill the Lord’s unique purpose for his individual life. “It depends on what it is,” my loved one replied. I believe God wants to know we love Him so much that we will serve Him with unconditional obedience. In…

The enemy has a voice. If you do not believe me, check out the Bible. The devil has a big mouth. Sometimes he speaks all by himself. Case in point. The serpent. Sometimes he gets a little help from his human friends. Case in point. Goliath. Sometimes he talks in the form of spirits. Case in point. Legions. Sometimes he speaks through diviners and soothsayers.…

Do you remember what the children of Israel did as soon as they were delivered from bondage in Egypt? They left. But that is not all. They moaned, they griped, they complained, they murmured, and they fell into unbelief in the wilderness such that they could not enter into God’s rest. If you do not believe me, check out the book of Hebrews. Despite their utter…

I took my hatred of winter out on the blocks of ice underfoot today, smashing at the ice until it broke into big, meltable chunks, then stomping over the areas by my dog fencing where over a foot high of snow remained. I was hot, tired, and a bit breathless by the end of it all, but satisfied as I moved closer in my efforts…

Today I realized something. Something big. I have no more secrets. There is not anything about me that somebody does not know. There is nothing in my life or heart that I cannot tell somebody. Most importantly, I finally understand there never really were any secrets. God has known everything about me all along. If you do not believe me, study the Bible. God knew…

“I’m stuck. I’m stuck. I’m stuck.” Anyone who knows me well, or who has crossed my path for even moments, has likely heard these words come tumbling from my mouth – and heart – over the past month. Or years, for that matter. In the past two months, I have been towed out of mud in my own yard, towed out of snow into my…

“Pastor Freddie,” I told my father in Christ over the telephone today. “I did some writing a few days ago. God has really shown me that I need to completely let go of something in my life.” I proceeded to tell him what it was. Pastor Freddie, who has spent the past month since miraculously surviving the Haiti earthquake racing back and forth between two…

Candles. Cinnamon apple scented. Chandeliers. Wiped down. Lights dimmed. No dust to hide. Oak wood floors shining. Furniture buffed. Rugs cleaned. Curtains ironed. Kitchen squeaky clean. Oven stuffed with multiple courses of gourmet, spice-laden, delicacies. Apron perfect. Dining room table set exquisitely. Silver polished. Antique china plates hand washed. Napkins rolled into wood carved holders. Fine wine waiting. Brand new suit. Handkerchief in pocket. Shoes…

Pray for me! Pray for me! How many times have you said it? How many times have you done it? How many times have you fallen for the same big fat prayer mistake that I have? I have begged, pleaded, implored, whined, complained, moaned, and thrown five million pity parties for myself in order to get people to pray for me so I could come…

What do you do when love fails? Love never fails, right? Isn’t that what the Bible teaches? The Bible says, “Charity (love) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail…(1 Cor. 13:8 KJV).” So how can love fail if the Bible clearly teaches that love never fails? The truth is that the love of God, or agape love, never fails. Human love does…

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“How can you possibly have so much energy after everything you’ve been through and all that you’re doing?” I asked Pastor Freddie on the telephone this morning. “You don’t get tired in the middle of the battle,” Pastor Freddie reminded me, almost always managing to include a biblical lesson in the midst of a telephone conversation. “You wait until the war is over to get…

Winnie and Glory, two very special dogs rescued by the Lord from tragic situations, lay so smooshed together today on their human couch that I could barely tell where one dog began or ended. As I spoke to them, I heard in my own words yet another powerful lesson demonstrated through the miracle dogs of Walk by Faith Ministry.“Winnie,” I told the dog who lost…

Do you know why you are here? I can honestly say I have total clarity today about why I am here on this earth. It may have taken four long decades to come to the realization, and I know now I could have learned long ago had I followed after the Lord as I do now but I am thrilled to be able to say…

Be My Valentine?Adoption SpecialUntil March 1, 2010$100 off Adoption Feefor Approved AdoptionsPlease visit https://www.walkbyfaith.petfinder.com/ to see our dogs available for adoption!And please help spread the wordto find save & loving homes for our adoptable dogs!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Remember the lepers in the Bible who were healed? Do you remember how many lepers there were? Do you remember how many lepers were healed by Jesus? Do you remember how many praised God for their healing? Which of the lepers are you? There were 10 lepers. When they followed the directions of Jesus, they were cleansed. Only one took the time and love to…

There is only one reason my beloved Pastor Freddie is alive today following the horrific earthquake in Haiti just days ago. He arrived one day before the earthquake, sat in his office only 10 miles from the center of the earthquake, and was found alive and uninjured. He is alive because the Lord God almighty saved His life. If God saved your life from a…

Praise the Lord God almighty! My beloved Pastor Freddie, my father in Christ, has been found alive in Haiti. I know virtually no details, other than God has saved his life. And I believe with all of my heart that God has breathtakingly big plans for Pastor Freddie’s Kingdom work as he walks forward by faith in love. God sent him to Haiti one day…

Yesterday I visited a church that was bold in every wonderful way imaginable. Everyone who noticed I was a visitor went out of their way to greet me. I can promise you it takes boldness to welcome me to a new church. I prefer to slip in quietly and not be noticed. I know I am not easy to approach when I am trying to…

Today I took a dream to the landfill. Literally. I loaded a maroon recliner chair into the back of my Honda Element, surprised I could lift it on my own. The chair had been one loved one’s gift to another some years ago, and the significance of the chair I realize no words could truly touch. “Hey, I have a donation for you,” I told…

I do not stumble when I walk in the light, and I always stumble when I walk in the dark. Do you do the same? I am not talking about tripping over a twig on the sidewalk, nor I am speaking of falling on black ice I cannot see. Do you know what God has to say about walking in the light?”He that loveth his…

I have been writing since I was a little girl, with plenty of breaks along the way, but I can honestly say I am happier than I have ever been in my writing life. I am deep into writing a light Christian novel and loving every second of it. In fact, the hardest part is being away from the computer, distracted by life’s daily happenings.…

Yesterday Mother Theresa had her sutures removed following two big surgeries needed after a devastating attack from a fellow rescue dog who is now in heaven playing in the presence of the Lord. Mother Theresa, thanks to God and her awesome helpers and prayer warriors, is doing beautifully. Believe it or not, her neck – after two hours on the surgery table the first time followed by a…

Hobble. Cane. Limp. Cane. Forward. A step. Cane. Limp. Forward. Again. I honesty only saw the man out of the corner of my left eye. Too cold. Too windy. Too winter to stop. Why would I stop anyway? What could I possibly say anyway? So we continued into the convenience store from the parking lot. His hobble. My hurried step. I got indoors much quicker.…

I have never had children, but it is my understanding pregnant women like to have just about everything planned before they go into labor. The right doctor. The right family members around. The right hospital. The right clothes packed in a suitcase. The right babysitter for the other kids. It is also my understanding that an increasing number of doctors are inducing labor to even…

Walk by Faith Ministry’s rescue dogs are looking for safe and loving forever homes. If you are looking for a dog to foster or adopt, please visit them online at https://www.walkbyfaith.petfinder.com/ to learn about the process and to see photos and descriptions of the dogs seeking homes. Please help us spread the word by forwarding information to friends, family, and co-workers.Please visit Walk by Faith…

I am so weary, ever so weary. I am tired from a lifetime of too many trials and tribulations. I have come up for air over and over again, excited to finally arrive at a place of rest and refreshing, only to sink back down to where I grow weary gasping for air. I have just come up for air, now I am down gasping…

Samuel this past week headed for his new home – with dad, mom, brother dog, and five-year-old girl in tow. He was last reported to be enormously happy with his new family, proudly displaying a decapitated doll and letting his new family know he could not tell the difference between a little girl and a puppy dog. He has his new family on its toes…

Ever been to police academy for your thoughts? I have. The Lord has showed me I have not taken one of His scriptures seriously enough. When He tells us to cast down our imaginations along with anything that tries to rise against knowledge of Him, He gives us a command that cannot be missed. He tells us to “bring into captivity” our thoughts to the…

LEARNING HOW TO WALKThe hardest part about learning how to walk is not the joy of the steps we take forward, but the disappointment and discouragement each time we find ourselves once more in a heap on the ground. Fallen. Learning how to walk by faith, I believe, is as much about learning how to handle the falls as it is about enjoying the blessings…

NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNING. Just when I thought my circumstances in the year 2009 could not get any worse, they did. How many times? Time and again. Every time I came up for air from yet another loss or challenge, boom. More pain. More heartache. More trials and tribulations. But the Lord does not see losses and heartache as the world does. He does not…

What did God give us for Christmas? “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV).”There is no greater gift from the Lord than His sacrifice of His only begotten Son that we should have eternal life and never walk this journey on earth alone. Jesus…

Mother Theresa truly is a Christmas miracle. Thanks to God, awesome vet Dr. Brown of Loudoun Vet in Purcellville, VA, and her prayer warriors, Mother Theresa bounced back from her 2nd surgery since being attacked by a fellow rescue dog – so much so that her new nickname is Miss Piglets. She has a voracious appetite, a sign of how quickly she has recovered even…

Praise the Lord! Thanks be to God and the phenomenal staff at Loudoun Vet Service in Purcellville, VA, including Dr. Brown, his surgeon, Mother Theresa has just arrived home from her 2nd surgery since being severely attacked by a fellow rescue dog. Even at 12 years old, despite a history of an owner that planned to shoot and kill her, a rescuer that abandoned her…

All glory goes to God and thanks to all the wonderful donors who helped Mother Theresa have her first big surgery after being attacked by a fellow rescue dog. When I had to send 2.5 year old Abigail to heaven for aggression – who wagged her tail to the vet’s and kissed my tears away – I knew on my own I would not have…

How hard it is to believe in the most trying of times that God truly knows our needs – and that He will supply them as promised when we follow His instructions. My year is ending with the same seemingly insurmountable challenges with which it began, and yet I know in my heart God knows my needs. When Jesus sent His followers out to do…

For those who are following the story of Mother Theresa, the rescue dog who was badly attacked by a fellow rescue dog, she went to the vet yesterday for a follow-up. Her skin had started turning black, cracking open, and bleeding. The vet had expected this would possibly happen, as the blood after the fight was unable to reach her skin as needed. I have…

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